MANCHESTER CITY 3/10 DRAW 9/2 SUNDERLAND 9/1
The odds, unsurprisingly, heavily favour a City victory on Sunday. For some the question is not can they win but can Gus Poyet and his boys keep it respectable.
That perhaps does The Black Cats a disservice. They’ve become a solid outfit under the Uruguayan and will make it tough in the early going. The key here could be an early goal. If City strike quickly it would be hard to see Sunderland getting back into it, and if they start to take risks as they chase the game the they could play into City’s hands and be picked off.
An upset would almost certainly have to mirror the performance of 41 years ago, namely; score first and be lucky!
A 1-0 scoreline in favour of the outsiders is a whopping 30/1.
If you think free-scoring City can match the record margin of victory (set last year by Swansea over Bradford) then you can get 25/1 on 5-0.
Good value can be found in a City comeback; with a HT/FT bet on Sunderland/Man City coming in at 20/1 whilst City to Come From Behind & Win is at 7/1.
Former City player Adam Johnson is 14/1 to open the scoring, while you can get 5/2 on Aguero, 3/1 on Negredo and 9/1 on Nasri.
BOBBY’S BET OF THE DAY: A man for the big game, we’ve gone for Yaya Toure to score first at 11/2.
Odds courtesy of PaddyPower.
The Greatest Shock of All: The Story of Sunderland in ’73
Leeds were an effective and efficient machine, battle-hardened and bold, under manager Don Revie they had won titles and cups domestically and competed with the best in European competition. A team with ten international players, they came to Wembley as the Cup holders, for their third Final in four years.
Sunderland were in the Second Division, and when their new manager Bob Stokoe took over during the season, they were languishing third from bottom.
No Second Division side had won the Cup for over 40 years and none of the experts – in fact hardly anyone outside of Sunderland – gave them anything but the faintest hope of winning. Yet, at Wembley, that all counted for nothing as Sunderland won by a single goal.
The game began in heavy rain and this seemed to have an affect on the favourites as it was the Leeds passes that went astray. Sunderland, with Horswill and Porterfield taking an early grip in midfield, were continually first to the ball. Even the great Billy Bremner, captain of Leeds, was hurried out of his stride.
As the game wore on though Leeds, prompted by the accurate passes of Giles, started to open up the Second Division side.
However Sunderland proved themselves to be no pushovers as the commanding figure of Watson at the heart of their defence thwarted the striking prowess of Jones, Clarke and Lorimer.
Leeds had to look elsewhere for inspiration. Despite pre-match predictions to the contrary, the skilful Gray would fail to cut Sunderland’s right flank to pieces. Kerr, the Sunderland skipper, was dropped back to snuff that threat out and Gray was eventually replaced by Yorath.
For all that, Leeds had their chances. Clarke had the best of them and Leeds might have been ahead before Sunderland scored but for another timely intervention from Watson.
Sunderland looked for a pacey counter with ‘Triple H’. Hughes and Halom chased everything and behind them Horswill probed relentlessly, trying shots at every opportunity.
Sunderland were not behaving like underdogs, and on the half-hour they struck.
Leeds keeper David Harvey pushed a long shot from Kerr over the bar. From the resulting corner Hughes, with Halom and Watson in the box occupying the defenders, found Ian Porterfield.
The Scot was calmness personified as he killed the ball on his left thigh and swung to hit it powerfully home with his right foot.
As you’d expect, Revie’s men fought back with a determined assault just before half-time and with continued to turn the screws through the second half.
In the 70th minute it seemed Leeds would at last get their reward.
A Paul Reaney cross was met by Trevor Cherry with a diving header across goal. The Sunderland keeper Jimmy Montgomery flew to reach it with his left hand and manged to palm it away – straight into the path of Peter Lorimer, who possessed one of the most powerful and accurate shots in the game.
Lorimer hit it fiercely towards what appeared to be the empty goalmouth – but, miraculously, Montgomery twisted, changed direction and diverted the ball on to the underside of the bar. It bounced to safety.
It was, more so than Porterfield’s goal, the moment of the match.
There were anxious moments for Sunderland as Montgomery made further saves from Bremner, Yorath and Cherry. A penalty appeal was also waved away before Clarke was again denied when he might have scored.
But Sunderland held firm. In fact in the last minute they could have doubled their lead. Only a supreme effort from Harvey in the Leeds goal tipped away a Halom shot bound for the angle of bar and post.
Days after lifting the cup Sunderland fans pronounced Don Revie’s all-conquering Leeds United side “dead” with a mock coffin placed on the pitch during the Wearside club’s celebratory ‘homecoming’ at Roker Park.
The FA Cup Final
May 5th 1973, Wembley Stadium
Sunderland 1-0 Leeds United
Sunderland: Montgomery; Malone, Guthrie; Horswill, Watson, Pitt; Kerr (c), Hughes, Halom, Porterfield, Tueart
Sub not used: Young
Goal: Porterfield (31)
Leeds United: Harvey; Reaney, Cherry; Bremner, Madeley, Hunter; Lorimer, Clarke, Jones, Giles, Gray (Yorath, 75)
Referee: Mr K Burns